The #HumanSide of Donation

Ninety-five percent of people claim to support organ donation, but only 48 percent of Pennsylvanians are registered organ donors. The impact from these donations spreads far and wide. And it does not go unnoticed. There’s a human side of organ and tissue donation. Come see their faces. Come hear their stories. Which side are you on?

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Joe Mansaray

Camp Hill, PA

Heart recipient

A heart transplant gave Joe a second chance at life as a high school sophomore. Thanks to the life-saving gift from his donor, Joe is now a thriving college student at Millersville University.

Chance Dull

Bedford, PA

Liver recipient

Chance received a life-saving liver transplant at the age of 7. Eight years later, Chance is an active teenager, prepping for his first varsity soccer season.

Colleen Higbee

Pittsburgh, PA

Waiting for a heart transplant

Colleen has been waiting for a heart transplant for more than three years. Along with her service dog and companion, Piers, she continues her wait and is grateful for every single day.


John Standard

Charleroi, PA

Husband of a donor

John’s wife, Denise, was always a generous person — even through her death in 2015. Denise’s legacy of giving continued when she donated a kidney to her brother and her liver to a United States veteran.

Rockland Harvey

Pittsburgh, PA

Cornea recipient

At birth, Rockland was born with a tumor covering his eye. Following a successful corneal transplant, he is a healthy and playful 3-year-old.

Brittany Grimm

Erie, PA

HEART RECIPIENT

Not many people look back on their childhood and think of heart surgery. Ten years later, Brittany is living her life on her own terms. After a life-saving heart transplant at the age of 11, Brittany is in college and volunteers much of her time to the Center for Organ Recovery and Education.


Diane Milbourne

Schwenksville, PA

WIFE OF A DONOR

When a loved one passes away, that love can be passed along in the form of life, as a donor. And that’s exactly what happened when Diane’s husband, Ed, passed away. Almost two decades later, Diane finally got to meet the recipient of her husband’s kidney.

Donald Tucker

Allegheny, PA

LIVER Recipient

When Donald suddenly needed a liver transplant, his whole life changed. And so did his livelihood as a pastor at his local church. Following a successful liver transplant, Donald is back to work and is preaching organ donation.

Jenna Valle

Manheim, PA

Liver Recipient

It’s tough for a doctor to tell parents of a newborn that their daughter needs a feeding tube — even tougher when she needs a life-saving organ transplant. Luckily, Jenna’s life was saved by an organ donor and the brave decision of that child’s family. Years later, Jenna is living the life of a normal teenager and sharing her story for all.


Luke Ball

Butler, PA

HEART RECIPIENT

Following an ultrasound that revealed a heart defect, Luke’s parents knew it would be an uphill battle. After several rounds of surgeries and medical setbacks, Luke didn’t just receive the gift of a life-saving heart transplant — he got his childhood back.

Lukeman Harvey

Harrisburg, PA

Kidney Recipient

After a three-year wait, Lukeman received his life-saving kidney transplant in the fall of 2017. From spending more time with his family to perfecting his next barbecue sauce, he can't wait to explore what his second chance at life holds for him.

Markita Lewis

Philadelphia, PA

MOTHER of a donor

Following the death of her son, Marquis, Markita turned her own tragedy into a miracle for other people. Markita has since met with and stays in touch with two of her son’s organ recipients. Today, she is a strong community advocate for organ and tissue donation.


Marleny Jimenez

Reading, PA

KIDNEY RECIPIENT

After Marleny experienced flu-like symptoms, doctors informed her that she had kidney failure. After a year of dialysis and waiting on the organ transplant list, she received a donation. It was from her other half —Fernando. Her boyfriend insisted on being her match in both life and in organ donation.

Michelle Hagerty

Erie, PA

HEART RECIPIENT

Getting on the transplant list is half the battle — the other half is waiting. After a 15-month wait, Michelle's prayers were answered when she received a life-saving heart transplant. Her story is just one of thousands that epitomize the heroism of registering to be an organ and tissue donor.


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More than 8,000 Pennsylvanians are currently waiting for kidneys, hearts, livers or other organs. Register to be a donor today.

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